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BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The etiology of meconium obstruction without cystic fibrosis is unclear. Interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) function as pacemakers in gut motility and may play a role in the pathophysiology of the disease. METHODS The ICC were examined by immunohistochemical staining with anti-c-kit antibody in the bowel walls of 6 neonates who had(More)
The intracellular Ca(2+) regulation has been implicated in tumorigenesis and tumor progression. Notably, store-operated Ca(2+) entry (SOCE) is a major Ca(2+) entry mechanism in non-excitable cells, being involved in cell proliferation and migration in several types of cancer. However, the expression and biological role of SOCE have not been investigated in(More)
Tuberculosis remains a major problem for much of the world. Tuberculous lymphadenitis is the most common type of extrapulmonary tuberculosis, although a difficult invasive procedure is required for its diagnosis. We evaluated the usefulness of the whole-blood interferon-gamma release assay (IGRA) for diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenitis. From January 2008(More)
The anaphase-promoting complex (APC) is a multiprotein complex with E3 ubiquitin ligase activity, which is required for the ubiquitination of securin and cyclin-B. Moreover, the mitotic spindle checkpoint is activated if APC activation is prevented. In addition, several APC-targeting molecules such as securin, polo-like kinase, aurora kinase, and SnoN have(More)
Cases of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) that occur during pregnancy or postpartum are rarely reported. Ergot derivatives are known to induce the spasmodic contraction of coronary arteries. Administration of ergot derivatives can cause AMI, even in normal healthy people. In several reported cases, ergot derivatives triggered severe AMI during the(More)
There are various causes of possible upper airway obstruction in infants. Particularly, large cysts on the base of tongue may cause severe airway obstruction by a mass effect on the hypopharynx and by displacing the epiglottis. Of these basal lingual cysts, thyroglossal duct cyst is rare but occasionally its remnants can be found at the base of the tongue.(More)
Congenital pulmonary lymphangiectasis (CPL) is a rare, poorly documented disease, characterized by abnormal dilatation of pulmonary lymphatics without lymphatic proliferation. This disease is seen almost exclusively in infancy and early childhood. It can usually be divided into primary (congenital) and secondary forms. The primary form presents in neonates,(More)
Although fibroadenoma is one of the most common types of benign breast tumor, genes specific to the tumor have not been identified. Microarrays were used to identify differentially expressed genes between fibroadenoma and infiltrating ductal carcinoma. The comparative expression of one of the identified genes, RAS homolog enriched in the brain (RHEB), was(More)
Klotho is a type-1 membrane protein predominantly produced in the kidney, the extracellular domain of which is secreted into the systemic circulation. Membranous and secreted Klotho protect organs, including the kidney, but whether and how Klotho directly protects the glomerular filter is unknown. Here, we report that secreted Klotho suppressed transient(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES To determine the best routinely available molecular methodology for assessing thymidylate synthase (TS) as a prognostic marker in colorectal adenocarcinoma, TS was examined at the protein, mRNA, and DNA levels. Direct comparison of these routinely available assays has not been systematically studied across a large colon cancer(More)